Dear friends, colleagues and alumni of the Division of Science,

This is the second issue of our biannual e-Newsletter that brings you news of the Division and the people in it, together with the most recent scientific results and discoveries from the laboratories and research groups. As always, your comments and feedback is always welcome.

John Wardle, Professor of Astrophysics and Division Head 


Mediating the early response to acute hypoxia

In a recent eLife paper, the Goldstein lab discusses how hypoxia increases the flow of sodium ions into brain cells. It is these sodium ions that can ultimately lead to cell death and brain damage.

Read more on the Science Blog

Benefits of Middle Age

While much is known about how cilia are formed and how they function during development, remarkably little is known about how aging affects them. A new study from the Sengupta lab (with collaborators at University College Dublin and University of Iowa), addresses this question. The results of this study have been published in PLOS | Genetics.

Surprisingly, severely defective cilia seen in larvae and young adults of animals carrying mutations related to human ciliary disease demonstrated a significant recovery during middle-age.

Read more on the Science Blog

How different metals stick together

A paper from the Christine Thomas group in Chemistry landed on the front cover of Inorganic Chemistry (December 2016) issue. The paper titled “Exploring Trends in Metal–Metal Bonding, Spectroscopic Properties, and Conformational Flexibility in a Series of Heterobimetallic Ti/M and V/M Complexes (M = Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu)”. 

The paper studies metal-metal multiple bonding through the systematic synthesis of heterobimetallic complexes featuring a wide range of different transition metals and developing a thorough understanding of the electronic structure and bonding of these novel compounds.

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Computer Science

Brandeis Receives Mellon Foundation Grant 

James Pustejovsky, the TJX/ Feldberg Professor of Computer Science at Brandeis, has received a two-year, $390,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He will lead an international project team researching the transatlantic collaboration between in 2 natural language processing systems, LAPPS (developed in the U.S.) and CLARIN (developed in Europe). 

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Irving Epstein named AAAS Fellow

Irv Epstein, the Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Epstein was among the 391 new Fellows elected to the AAAS this year. The organization is the world’s largest general scientific society.

Epstein said he was honored to receive the award from the AAAS. "I'm delighted and grateful for the recognition," he said. "It's always nice to be appreciated by fellow scientists."

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Psychology & Neuroscience

Profile of the Ashton Graybiel Lab

credit: NASA
Brandeis' Ashton Graybiel lab studies sensory motor adaptation, motion sickness, the perception of human body orientation and the effects of varying force environments on the control of movement, posture and balance.

The labs' "space chair" (otherwise known as the Multi-Axis Rotation and Tilt Device (MART)) helps the lab understand how humans react to changes in orientation. 

Read the Futurity article.

Grants & Awards in the Division of Science (6/30/16 - 1/01/17)

During the last 6 months of 2016, faculty researchers in the Division of Science received over $19 million in grants and awards for new or competitively renewed projects.  

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